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LDAK Literacy Panel Discussion: March 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm ET (Free Webinar)

Join LDAK and our panel of experts during our FREE Literacy Panel Discussion (online) on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 - 8:15 pm ET. Participants are welcome to listen in or join in the discussion on the Right to Read and strategies to develop children’s literacy skills. Register on Eventbrite to get the Zoom link.

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Panelists will discuss the critical role of literacy in students’ lives (now and in the future), and the context of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read Inquiry. They will also share strategies for reading success to support students who have reading difficulties and learning disabilities.

The panelists are educators and community experts on evidence-based approaches in literacy, including the Science of Reading, and will offer insight and strategies for parents/caregivers, educators, students and professionals.

Join Emily Moorhead (Kindergarten Teacher and IDA Ontario Literacy Leader), Kim Lockhart (French Immersion Student Support Teacher and Special Education Specialist), and Lisa Janssen (School-Based Occupational Therapist, KidsInclusive, Kingston) to discuss the latest in literacy! Full bios below.

What to expect of this panel discussion webinar:

- A panel of passionate educators, parents and experts in Kingston (ON) who work with, and advocate for, students who have learning disabilities to receive the highest quality of literacy instruction and support

- Insight and support for parents/caregivers on literacy issues and strategies to support students with LDs to learn to read, including the Science of Reading (an evidence-based approach)

- Learn more about the OHRC Right to Read Inquiry, findings and recommendations on issues such as curriculum and instruction, early screening, reading interventions, and more, essential to meet Ontario students’ right to learn to read

- A Question & Answer period of at least 15 minutes for participants to share comments and questions with the panelists


Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm ET

Location: Online via Zoom

Link to register:

Early registration is recommended to participate in this FREE panel discussion as we have limited spots available on Zoom.

Instructions will follow your registration on how to access the webinar. Please check your email, as you will receive further details and a Zoom link prior to the event.

Panelist Profiles:

Emily Moorhead:

Emily Moorhead is a Kindergarten teacher in the Limestone District School Board who employs a Structured Literacy approach daily in her classroom. In addition, Emily spoke at the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read Inquiry in March 2020. Emily’s desire to learn new strategies to support her students and her son, who had difficulty learning to read, inspired her to participate in a summer teacher workshop at Kingston's Reading Clinic. She learned the basics of a Structured Literacy approach and soon found success applying the principles in her classroom and at home. Emily has since guided other educators and parents to understand and adopt the approach. Emily says, “It was incredibly empowering to learn a tool that would let me reach out to these little learners— that would let me say, I can see this is hard for you, but I know what to do to make it easier. We’ve got this!” Emily has been recognized by the International Dyslexia Association of Ontario as an IDA Ontario Literacy Leader for her passion and dedication to align with the latest evidence-based instructional techniques.

Kim Lockhart:

Kim Lockhart is a French Immersion, Student Support Literacy Teacher (SST) in Kingston, Ontario, and an advocate for parents of students with reading disabilities. Kim earned her Master of Education degree from Queen's University, where she focused her research on instructional practices that support students with reading difficulties in French Immersion. Kim created a parent resource called: "Supporting and Inspiring Your Child with Reading Difficulties in the French Immersion Program". Kim has earned her Orton-Gillingham Classroom educator certificate, and currently spearheads the LDAK Literacy Program based on the Science of Reading. She also has her Special Education Specialist, FSL AQ qualifications. Kim has worked with the International Dyslexia Association Ontario to facilitate workshops for educators and parents of dyslexic children across Ontario. She was awarded "One of the 50 most influential alumni in 50 years at Queen's Faculty of Education" in 2019.

Lisa Janssen:

Lisa Janssen is a school-based Occupational Therapist with KidsInclusive (Kingston Health Sciences Centre, formerly known as the Child Development Centre, located at the Hotel Dieu Hospital site). She has 18 years of experience working in KFL&A area schools. Lisa currently works in all Kingston East and North Kingston schools, supporting students from JK to Grade 12. Lisa is an expert in OT, assistive technology, and other areas that impact student reading achievement. She is also a skating coach for children in the Special Olympics.

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